Mexican football fans mock Trump at World Cup in Moscow

Mae Harvey
June 18, 2018

A shaky warm-up campaign had called into question the dominant form the Germans showed in qualifying, but experience and records were on their side, having won every opening game at major tournaments since Joachim Loew took over as coach in 2006.

Late in the first half, the German wall had been broken, by flying winger Hirving Lozano. "They are all really, really fast but we will not change our style of play", Osorio said. "We weren't able to impose our usual way of playing, our attacking and passing was not effective". Spain lost their first match in the World Cup in South Africa and ended up being the champions.

Germany have never failed to advance beyond the group stage at a World Cup, but Loew's side must regroup quickly ahead of their next game against Sweden on June 23 in Sochi.

Germany, who went into the game having won all five previous encounters at global tournaments against the Mexicans, had no answer to that strategy in the first half and only upped the pressure after the break.

Just this week, as Mexico, Canada and the U.S. won a joint bid to host the 2026 FIFA World Cup, it was reported that Trump told Japan's PM that, if he had "25 million Mexicans" suddenly shipped to his country, Shinzo Abe would understand the scale of the problem the USA is facing. "There were lots of counter-attacks and we had to run back a lot and of course, we were very vulnerable because we lost the ball in our forward movement and that left an open gap".

A 2-1 loss to Austria and a narrow 2-1 victory over Saudi Arabia had highlighted exactly that weakness in the world champions, with Germany caught napping by the low-ranked Saudis several times throughout their game.

"We simply have to concentrate on our strong points that we have not been able to bring to bear in the last two matches".

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